MINISFORUM, a Chinese mini PC manufacturer, will release its latest model, the HM50. MINISFORUM adds new models every now and then, but sometimes, for example in the UM series, the case is the same, only the CPU model number has changed. This may be a good thing, since mini-PCs are products of the desktop PC genre, but for us at Uintab, who mainly introduce notebook PCs, we sometimes feel that they don’t look very fresh.
The HM50 introduced here has a new case. It’s a little larger, but I think the performance and usability have definitely improved.
Chinese manufacturers are increasingly using the method of installing a CPU with a slightly earlier model number and reducing the price accordingly, and MINISFORUM also used the 2000s and 3000s of Ryzen in its previous models, but this HM50 is still equipped with Ryzen 5 4500U, which is not the latest, but is still used in new products by domestic and foreign manufacturers. The HM50 is equipped with the Ryzen 5 4500U, which is still used in new products from domestic and foreign manufacturers. The HM50 is equipped with Ryzen 5 4500U, which is not the latest but is still used in new products from domestic and foreign manufacturers.
MINISFORUM products have two RAM slots and users can easily access the RAM slots to add or replace RAM at a later date if needed. If the RAM is not enough, it can be added or replaced at a later date. For storage, there are also two 2.5 inch SATA drive bays that can be easily expanded by the user.
The chassis of the HM50 is one size larger than the UM340 that we introduced just a few days ago.
This means that the 13cm square is now 15cm square, but there is no need to worry that it will gradually get bigger and bigger until it can no longer be called a mini PC.
As a benefit of the larger size, the input and output ports have been enhanced. Specifically, there are now a total of seven USB ports (five for the UM series). Unlike notebook PCs, mini PCs need to be connected to a display, keyboard, and mouse, and some people may also need to connect a webcam and speakers, so four or five USB ports may seem a bit insufficient. In this respect, I think the HM50 has greatly improved usability.
MINISFORUM mini-PCs are designed with the assumption that the chassis can be opened. However, since the HM50 is a new chassis, we are not sure if it has a mechanism to open the top panel with a single push like the UM series.
This is the layout of input/output ports. The upper image is the back, and the lower is the front. I think the number of ports is sufficient. This product also comes with a bracket for mounting on the back of the monitor.
The MINISFORUM HM50 is available for pre-order at the official MINISFORUM store, and delivery will start in late April or early May.
The price is a little high for a MINISFORUM, I think, but the size is a little larger, convenience is improved, and expandability is secured, so I think this is a product that you can use as your main PC for a long time.